Introduction: PVC Laptop Stand

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A laptop stand with cable routing for under $5 bucks. No gluing necessary. Save deskspace. Save your neck. Save your eyes. Etc.

Step 1: Cut PVC to Length

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You will need

Six 5 1/2 " by 3/4" pieces
Two 11" by 3/4" pieces (for a powerbook, for a dell 14 inch make these two pieces 7" to 8")
Four Tee Joints
Four Elbow Joints

Step 2: Planar

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Assemble two "shelves" like so.

Step 3: Route Cables

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Route the cables through the bends as shown. USB connectors will fit with a little nudging. If you use those nifty CAT-5 adapters, you can snake VGA or DVI cables through this rig.

Step 4: Snap Together

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No glue necessary! Friction should do you fine.

Step 5: Place Laptop

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All done. No reason to be straight. Like MJ, this thing can do a supernatural lean. Sweet.


charlesss4393 (author)2016-10-07

Haha this is incredibly ingenious! I love the fact that its such a simple and easy DIY project. I was reading reviews on to elevate my laptop but I'm definitely going to make this instead. For a measly 5 dollars it cant be beat! Especially when some of these laptop stands costs an arm and a leg!

TasnimA3 made it! (author)2016-09-11

Thank you for the useful idea, changed the design a bit for multiple angles.

TasnimA3 made it! (author)2016-09-11

Thank you for the idea, changed the design a bit for multiple angles.

CarlosL48 made it! (author)2016-02-22

Pretty awesome. My back pain has lowered now that I have the laptop at a higher altitude and I don't need to strain my eyes anymore.

Also, I love how things like laptop charger, wireless keyboard and mouse receiver are below the stand, making my desk look more clean and organized (keyboard and mouse are from around 2005, when receivers where quite big, not like todays little dongles)


RickyB20 made it! (author)2016-01-07

I made it with slight difference and mine has tiny shelf for USB hub or headphone hanger in the middle.

DanielMinn made it! (author)2015-07-03

Thanks for showing us this awesome stand!
I previously made the exact design as the one you showed, but my dad changed mine a bit. Here is what it looks like now. :-)

Mscottmc7 made it! (author)2015-02-22

My new workspace! needs some cleaning though... I shortened the legs to 4 inches, 5.5 was a bit much for me.

bloman (author)2015-02-08

How stable would it be if you made it taller to use while sitting on a couch?

yoshio6 (author)2013-05-21

Just out of curiosity doesn't the laptop heat up enough to make the pvc release toxic fumes?

alceste (author)yoshio62013-05-22

No, PVC need to get well beyond standard heak sink temperatures for that kind of release.

gzcimrn (author)2013-04-14


mganpate (author)2012-08-24

wowwwwwww.. thanks your mind............ its Matrix.........

mganpate (author)mganpate2012-08-24


tnguyen72 (author)2012-04-17

Thanks !

tfrost1980 (author)tnguyen722012-04-24

are you a commie?

cdingo (author)2011-05-23

Thanks for the idea! I created this today in about an hour. I edited the design a bit and put a third "shelf" in the middle. Very sturdy and works perfect for my MBP 15". I also zap-strapped my computer speakers to the sides.

BigJuju (author)2011-04-21

Awesome! I just made one of these and it looks great! Exactly what I needed for my 15" MacBook Pro. It was super cheap AND really easy to make. Thanks for posting this.

onlyonebowman (author)2008-12-30

would it work for an eee pc

hifi-diy (author)onlyonebowman2009-01-01

it looks a little silly if your ask me,lol you could run water through the pvc to make it a cooler too!!!!!!

Chromatica (author)hifi-diy2010-02-21

That doesn't make any sense.

ygree001 (author)2008-08-18

Thanks a lot. This is the first instructable that I have actually made. I modified it a little to get my laptop at a comfortable typing angle, and I made another for my wife. I'll post a picture soon.

jbiz24 (author)2008-08-08

Yo, I had a need for a laptop stand/table by my bed. I was inspired by similar laptop stands from ikea. So with 1 1/4" pvc pipe and a mesh tray, this idea became reality. The stand may be a little big for some people, but it also has the ability to run a power cord through the 1 1/4" pvc pipe. The color scheme was meant to match my bed sheets. Conveniently the tray is able to hold my charging phone , external hard drive and stereo remote. Because of a lack of certain connectors, the stand took on a different shape than I had previously drew up. But it still works great.

hppeeves (author)2008-05-14

If you have issues with your laptop sliding around, try using rubber bands around the front two elbows on top. Also, I used 1/2" pvc as suggested by someone, it really cuts down on the ugliness. Hope this helps!

Exc (author)2008-02-10

Hi. I've tryed your instructions but for my heavy laptop it seemed like it was to fall... so I build another one with pvc... some photos and instructions can be found here: my blog

Grady (author)2008-01-24

I think it looks pretty darn good, myself, but I think I'd add a support bar to the center, there in the front; just to satisfy myself. I used to have a home with an antique bathtub, & I made a top Shower curtain fixture around it, using the pvc, much like what you did here. It wasn't fancy, but it served the purpose of not letting the shower water get all over the floor. PVC is great for lots of things; thanks for your cool, simple design here.

diyman (author)2008-01-23

Hack Well Done! Bravo. This is awesome

SpinWard (author)2008-01-08

I love PVC. It's not ugly. Just get some Fusion Spray paint (it bonds to plastic) less than $5 at WalMart. I thought about using this idea for my monitor. I saw PVC joints that have the 2 sides and one going up. I've got plenty of left over 1/2 inch from making marshmellow shooters for christmas. Thanks for the instructable!!

fucko123 (author)2008-01-05

Nice concept, but damn that's hideous.

boldinvest (author)2008-01-05

Good Idea but very ugly.

Brennn10 (author)2008-01-04

PVC projects are just awesome! This is another sweet one! Nice job! When I get a laptop I will definitely refer back to this!

Shifrin (author)2008-01-04

This is awesome +1!

kambizpascia (author)2007-06-27

Thank for you idea.this is the buddah_ bed version of pvc stand laptop.

badolina (author)2006-12-10

Oh boy, this is incredible! I just spend the last few days searching around for nice hacks, and this is by far the best - most creative, simple, well-designed, and functional. Well done!

alceste (author)badolina2006-12-10


badolina (author)alceste2007-01-05

Yes yes yes! works great. Few comments: - 1/2" pipes are strong enough and are prettier. An ethernet cable goes through them easily. I haven't tried a USB, but I suspect it will not take the turn. - The 5" height is a bit too much for me. I cut mine down to 4". - I put 8 hairy stickers (like the non-slip ones you put on chairs to protect the hardwood floors) on all corners. Perhaps it is redundant, but it protects both the desk and the MBP from the pvc. on second thought, perhaps this is why the 5" was too high for me... Thanks again!

itchi23 (author)2006-12-11

This is great - I made this today, and it works great for my dirty DJ rig. Thanks!

alceste (author)itchi232006-12-11

awesome, do you have pic of the rig?

extratired (author)2006-10-21

lookin' good, well done!

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